Students Staff

15 July 2014

Graduation 2014 is here

Thousands are coming to our Colchester Campus this week to celebrate Graduation 2014.

This year an expected 2,706 students from more than 90 countries will be attending Graduation along with more than 6,000 guests.

The 11 ceremonies will be held over four days   ΜΆ   from Tuesday 15 July to Friday 18 July – and will include 1,668 home students, 482 EU students and 556 from overseas.

Watch Graduation online across the world

The Graduation ceremonies will once again be streamed live on the website for all to see.

The live coverage will enable friends and family of Essex students, who are unable to attend the Graduation ceremonies, to join in the celebrations from anywhere in the world.

Honorary Graduands

This year’s Honorary Graduands and their ceremony times are:

  • John Elkington (10am ceremony, Tuesday 15 July) is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. An International survey of the Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility leaders placed Mr Elkington joint fourth after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick.
  • Dr Jan Pinkava (4pm ceremony, Tuesday 15 July) is an Oscar-winning film director who made important contributions at Pixar Animation Studios and has recently pioneered new techniques in interactive storytelling at Google.
  • Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury (4pm ceremony, Wednesday 16 July) is the first ever female Speaker of Bangladesh’s Parliament. In 2000 she graduated from the University of Essex with a PhD in Constitutional Law and Human Rights.
  • Dr John Ashdown-Hill (10am ceremony, Thursday 17 July) is an historian whose role was instrumental in the uncovering and identification of the lost remains of King Richard III.
  • Martha Lane Fox (4pm ceremony, Thursday 17 July) co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website in 1998. In 2013 she was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.
  • Lord Currie of Marylebone (10am ceremony, Friday 18 July) made an outstanding contribution to the University of Essex in his role as Chair and member of University Council. He sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords.
  • Professor Colin Riordan (1pm ceremony, Friday 18 July) was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex for five years until he took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University in 2012.


Note to Editors

There will be limited opportunity for media to take photos and, time permitting, briefly interview some of the Honorary Graduates. Any media requests should be made via the University of Essex Communications Office on 01206 872400 or email

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